KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 History
Term 1An Introduction to History   
An Introduction to History In this unit students are introduced to the key skills they will be expected to develop over the course of KS3. They will focus on chronology, bias and the use of historical sources.
Assessment: test to examine students knowledge of chronology and newly taught historical skills. Key Words and Terms
Term 2Norman Conquest   
Students will study the succession crisis of 1066 and study the subsequent Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings that took place. Students will look at how William not only won the battle but conquered England through his use of castles, new laws and bloody actions. Students will have a Christmas homework where they will create a 'big make' model of a Motte and Bailey castle. Students will also be assessed by way of GCSE essay question.
Assessment: GCSE style question - 'The main reason William won the Battle of Hastings was due to his superior Norman tactics'. How far do you agree?Key Words and Terms
Term 3Tudors    
Students will study the Crusades. Students will begin by understanding what the Crusades were and why they took place with a specific study on why Jerusalem is important to both Christians and Muslims. Students will look at the first three crusades and compare the two leaders; Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.
Assessment: GCSE style questions - Describe two features (4 marks) Explain.... (12 marks). Key Words and Terms
Term 4Tudors, Stuarts, Gunpowder Plot and Witchcraft    
Students will study the War of the Roses and discover how the Tudor Dynasty began. Students will study the reigns of each Tudor monarchs, their challenges and how they dealt with the problem of religion and Henry VIII's Reformation. Students will be assessed using current GCSE questions in an exam which covers this unit content. Students will study how the United Kingdom was formed through James I's succession of the English throne. Students will look at how religion led to the first form of terrorism in England by way of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Students will also study how these religious connotations led to a heightened level of witch hunts throughout the period and why they were so well endorsed by the king himself.
Assessment: GCSE style question - 16 marker essay, 'The main causes of increased witch hunts was due to religion.' How far do you agree? SPAG will be assessed with this question amounting to an additional 4 marks. Key Words and Terms
Term 5Industrial Revolution 1750-1900   
Students will be looking at both agricultural and industrial change and their subsequent impact on population growth. Students will explore what the Industrial Revolution was and how it changed Britain. They will particularly focus on the use of child labour in developing the Industrial Revolution and what steps parliament took to improve working conditions for the child workforce. Students also look at key inventions and discuss the hypothesis that the British Empire caused the Industrial Revolution.
Assessment: GCSE style questions - Inference, consequence, importanceKey Words and Terms
Term 6History of Brighton   
Students will discover how Brighton has developed from a small fishing village in to one of Britain's most thriving cities.
Assessment: Students will give presentations based on their research of a particular period or landmark in Brighton. Key Words and Terms
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